Pizza Connoisseur – Omar Villalon, nice to meet you.

I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to discuss this. A topic that is near and dear to my heart. If you’re not reading this and thinking, “Yup, this post is Omar, through and through,” then I would like to formally introduce myself. Hi. My name is Omar, and I have a pizza addiction.

For those of you who follow me on any social media, you know very well that pizza is my one true love; the holder of my heart. Except for you, love. I know you’re reading this, and you know that you and the kids come before my love for pizza… unless the pizza is an original deep-dish with pepperoni, sausage, ham, and onion. But other than that, you totally take the crown.

Today, I want to discuss one pizza shop in particular. This place represents everything I love about a good pizza; right down to the structure of the building of the pizza place. But before I blow your mind with the poetry that follows, allow me to present the topic of discussion. Feast your eyes while I run back to the kitchen to grab another slice (yes, I’m eating this as I blog):

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First impression that I’m guessing you might have: that looks a bit sloppy. And THAT, Ladies and Gentlemen, is part of the reason why this pizza shop and their product is unapologetically amazing! This pizza looks nothing like your major-chain pizza places, and trust me, they’re better for it. For me, this presentation that is not clean, nor perfectly structured, is a testament to the hand-crafted art of pizza.

As a major pizza enthusiast, I have determined that there are 2 major aspects that champion one pie over the rest. First off is the sauce. The sauce is the signature of the pizza. And what I’m showing you above is a pizza that was signed with a fountain pen using platinum carbon black ink. Basically, this sauce is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Its one of the most flavorful sauces that I’ve ever had on a pizza; and I’ve had A LOT of pizza. Second of the two major aspects is the dough. The dough is the foundation of the pizza. Its the structure that holds your house up. Its the pillow-top bed that you comfortably sleep on. It is the giant hug that the hand-picked ingredients so rightfully deserve. Any pizza place can buy bulk pizza dough, then toss some extras in there to make it their own. This pizza’s dough, however, has such an inviting texture. The reason why I love this dough is because for one, the dough is not hardened, so its not hard to bite or chew through. Also, its not too soft to the point where the pizza and its ingredients fall apart. Now I know that I previously praised a bit of sloppiness in this pizza, but you don’t need to hear it from me to agree that pizza should not fall out of your hand and be eaten with a fork. Put that fork away, you’re not eating a salad. And if you are, throw the salad away and keep reading to find out where you can buy this pizza. Pizza sauce and pizza dough; both are deciding factors in a great pizza, specifically when the pizza shop creates their own to separate themselves from a saturated market.

Alright – so we’ve made it through the delicacies of the pizza itself. So here’s where we reach a crossroads. You can either read on and discover where I purchased this pizza, or you can scroll down quickly to see where I purchased this pizza. Either way, let’s face it. You’ve made it this far, so you’re obviously intrigued for trying this out for yourself. SO, Here We Go!

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Chicago-Style Pizza, located on Portage Road, Portage, Michigan. Click here to see in Google Maps! I mean… just LOOK at this place. Its so mom-and-pop that it hurts (hurts so good)! When you walk in front door, you’re at the counter. That’s how small it is. This place is so classic and retro, that I Love the homey feel that you get from walking in there. Some of you are well aware that some of the best foods come from those places that just look old and very classic. And, I mean, c’mon… this place checks off every one of those boxes. I’ll admit that I was a bit hesitant about trying pizza from this place when I first had it. But I’m so glad that I did.

So that’s it, folks. That is my presentation of one of my favorite pizzas. I’ll drop in one more photo of a slice of the pizza below. Now don’t take my word for it. Try it out for yourself! We all have different tastes, and maybe you would argue that this place isn’t that great. If your opinion is so strong that you feel compelled to reach out to me to convince me otherwise, then I just might change my mind and agree with you; but then we’d both be wrong.

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